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Improving The Flow Of Efficiency In Manufacturing

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Time is money as the saying goes, and no more is that true than in today’s climate of constant, non-stop business. There is no such thing as a weekend anymore, and this is especially true for a manufacturing business. If you own a plant where you need to get your client’s products sorted, packed and shipped in record time, you have to think of operations in a different way to any other business. E-commerce may think of simplifying the buying procedure, and a traditional brand business will think of improving their marketing skills to increase interaction. However, for a manufacturing business, the key to advancing and evolving so you can keep up with modern demands, is to focus on the smoothness of transitioning. Various departments and methods they use, have to be looked at to improve the flow of efficiency from start to finish.

Clear and lined paths

A plant of a factory is going to be a large building and possibly with subsets of departments that almost look like a new building when really they’re just another wing. This brings up the prospect that your employees might get lost or perhaps bewildered during the day when things get a little busy or hectic. The pathways, therefore, need to be clear all the time. This means that if you have products, vehicles and or loading bays near the paths, they should be moved or at the very least, moved back and away from the pathways. Pathways are purely for those on foot, and not only is clearing them good for safety, but the foot traffic can increase, improving the flow. Line them in a color code as well, so that just by looking down, the staff knows where they need to go or where a certain department is located. Inform your employees which color will take them to what part of the plant beforehand to save any confusion.

Improving product flow

The great thing about manufacturing is that you’re at the heart of trade and business. This is where all the major actions happen than convert an electronic transaction, into a real world transaction. This the beginning of the journey for customers’ products that will shortly arrive at either clients and distributions points, or straight to the consumers. The fewer stoppages along the way products are met with, the increase in flow and efficiency. Look at gravity roller conveyors that lessen the need to physically handle products, and move them straight from point a to point b. The rollers can be plotted throughout the plant so they can go through various checkpoints and snake through without being stopped. This not only saves time, but it speeds up the entire process, giving you the option to increase your business further.

Manufacturing is one of the earliest forms of business, dating back well before the industrial revolution. This practice has been evolved, and now there are products for the manufacturing sector that make it easier to improve the flow of products and increase the efficiency of the entire operation. Not taking advantage of these opportunities would be detrimental to one’s business.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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